Anthony Quinn aka Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn born on April 21, 1915 in Mexico was an actor who often played tough guy parts. Quinn boxed, studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright and was encouraged by Wright to take up acting. In 1936 Quinn went to Hollywood and played in an assortment of small parts.
He had a part in Road to Morocco (1942) and married Cecil DeMille's daughter Katharine. This jumped his career up to the top. Quinn replaced Marlon Brando in A Street Car Named Desire further boosting his career. Quinn was cast in Viva Zapata as Brando's brother in 1952 and Quinn won the Best Supporting Actor for this part. He was the first Mexican American to win an Oscar. He won his second Oscar in 1957 for his part as Vincent van Gogh, Lust for Life.
Quinn moved to Italy and appeared in several Italian films and gave an excellent performance in La Strada (1954). Wild is the Wind garnered him another Oscar nomination and the Guns of Navarone (1961) plus Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) established Quinn as a versatile actor. He played an Arab warlord in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the lead in Barabbas in 1961. In 1964 he was Zorba the Greek which brought him another Oscar nomination. He also acted in The Shoes of the Fisherman and the Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969).
His career slowed during the 199s, but he continued to work in films and television. In his later years, Quinn lived in Bristol Rhode Island where he ran a restaurant. He died in Boston from respiratory failure linked to cancer. He was 86. Quinn was married to Kathy Benvin and had two children. He later married Jolanda Addolor, and they had three children. In 1937 he married Katherine DeMille and they divorced in 1965. They have five children.